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Birmingham highlighted as excellent investment prospect by new European report

January 28, 2015Article by Ray Withers

“Europe’s real estate industry expects to be busier and more profitable in 2015.”

So begins the recent report from PWC and Urban Land Institute, entitled Emerging Trends in Real Estate. As a property professional, it is always good to hear the experts confirming the trends that you’ve been seeing on the ground and the positivity commented on in the report is certainly something that’s been in full swing in the UK over the past year or so.

The report examines all forms of real estate investment and this year has focused particularly on residential property, as two thirds of Emerging Trends Europe’s survey respondents are involved in residential real estate in some way.

The rise of residential as an investment opportunity is certainly something that we’ve observed working well here in the UK. Indeed, it’s likely to increase further in light of the upcoming Pension Freedom Day on 6 April, when suddenly retirees will have the flexibility to invest their hard-earned nest egg in property rather than an annuity, should they so desire.

Already the UK is leading Europe when it comes to real estate investment, according to data from Real Capital Analytics. The figures show the UK as having received €47 billion during Q1 to Q3 2014, far outstripping the second place country (Germany, at €30 billion).

Within the UK, London remains an attractive prospect, but I was pleased to see Birmingham’s potential being recognised as well. The report states,

“Indeed, fully two-thirds of those canvassed by Emerging Trends Europe say there’s a need to consider secondary markets or assets. Their willingness to take on more risk is reflected in this year’s ranking of city investment prospects: Birmingham in the UK has moved up to 6th place, from 17th last year.”

Property Frontiers has been active in the Birmingham market for quite some time and our 1 Hagley Road development is on track to complete in line with the construction schedule, which will see it offering some of the most stylish and well-located apartments in the city. Apartments are available for investment from £104,500, with expected yields of 7-8% and underwrites available.

Appetite for 1 Hagley Road is certainly evidencing the PWC report’s enthusiasm for Birmingham as a top investment city. It has been one of Property Frontiers’ most popular developments and it will be fascinating to see just how quickly the last few units are snapped up as the UK’s residential real estate sector becomes even busier and more profitable as the year unfolds.

To find out more about investing in Birmingham real estate, contact Property Frontiers or call +44 1865 202 700.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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